When you see a really good rider like Jackson Close riding a performance longboard, we don’t think there is anything better. Speed, flow, and unbelievable style put together with a pumping sound track and video edit by SUP surfing sessions. These sort of videos just make you want to grab a board and hit the surf.
Australian SUP surfer Keahi de Aboitiz is a solid all-rounded surfer and waterman. He rides with a great fluid style on a wave. But what we think Keahi is best known for is his epic top turn. No top turns are the same and all surfers perform them differently. We can learn from watching many of the worlds best surfers, but this JP Australia rider has a trade mark part of his turn that you can clearly see on websites and printed covers all over the SUP world. The straight back leg and excessive amounts of spray lets us know Keahi is on a wave!
Keahi’s straight leg top turn
Looking at this shot taken from Dan O’Sullivan’s SUP Surfing Session video, you can see a classic Keahi top turn, with a fully extended back leg and a huge amount of spray being forced off the wave. Don’t get us wrong, you will see other surfers doing this, but Keahi has this movement engraved into his muscle memory and he does it well. It’s definitly a default setting for him!
But what effect does Keahi’s top turn style have on the board and rider?
The movements he is doing is nothing new, but the extent to what he does, is what makes the difference from a nice turn to an epic turn! Like any manoeuvre, if you push it to the limit of your board and body you will get the best results. Keahi’s back leg movement is key to the spray and look of the turn.
“At the apex of the turn he will always have his back leg as straight as possible.”
By Keahi having his back leg straight at the apex of the turn it does two things… Firstly… kicking with the back leg at the very end of the turn forces the tail of the board to go as far around the turn as possible (or in other words as far away from the rider as possible). This is a great way of forcing water away, off the tail and rails of the board and off the back of the wave. Also the wider your feet are apart on the board the more kick you can achieve from front and back leg. Secondly… if your back leg is straight that means your front leg is bent and your body weight is forced forwards towards the middle of the board, which aids to the recovery part of the turn. There’s no point forcing a good turn if you can’t get back down the wave face. A bent front leg with body weight further forward will push you back down the wave and keep your surfing flowing.
“In practice, it’s all about timing and getting a balance.”
Achieving a good top turn is all about getting the timing right and a balance between your front and back leg. The back leg is key for spray but the front leg is key for recovery. Neglect either and your epic top turn will fail!
Tips for trying the Keahi killer top turn
Speed is your friend. The more speed you have before the turn, the more drive and spray you will have through the turn.
Back foot back. Really focus on having your back foot right at the back of the board, over the tail pad, before you start the kick and snap at the end of the turn. The further back your foot is the more control you will have to force the turn and spray.
Back leg straight at apex. At the apex of the turn, with a final push try and force your back leg out straight to finish off the turn.
Move weight to front leg. Finish off the turn by compressing onto your front leg, loading it up with 90% of your body weight.
Don’t kick too early. If you find your turn is not as aggressive as you would like or it’s hard to fully extend your back leg, chances are you’re doing the kick part of the turn too low down on the wave face.
Don’t kick too late. If you fall off the back of the wave try and do the turn a bit earlier on the wave. Timing is every thing.
Whether you think Keahi has the best top turn out there or you just like the idea of getting as much spray as possible, it is definitely worth trying to master doing a top turn with a fully extended back leg. So next time you head out for a surf, study the video and give these tips a go.
Divided surf breaks are popping up all over the world. Dan O’Sullivan from SUP surf sessions gives us a little snap shot of life SUPing Currumbin Alley on the Gold Coast.
Some say that Currumbin Alley has to be the undisputed home of SUP on the Gold Coast QLD, if not the whole of Australia. While others say that it’s a Halfway House for the mis-guided fringe dwellers of the surfing community, where ettiequte is tested to breaking point and anything goes and it usually does.
Whatever the case maybe, Roger “Dogman” Saunders, Mark “Mags” Temple and Chris Clarke, couldn’t careless about the politics. They were there to kick in the front door of this metaphoric house of SUP, get amongst it, hang with their brethren and dodge the fun police. Words : Dan O’Sullivan
Whether SUPers are hated or loved it’s always good to see Dogman riding finless!
This is one SUP foiling video from Keahi de Aboitiz that’s going to make you want to grab a SUP foil. Without a doubt it’s some of the best SUP foil action we have seen so far. Just goes to show you how talented Keahi is as a waterman. Keahi is riding a Go foil on a JP Pro wave board.
The SUP Surfing Sessions crew from down-under have gone nuts for the finless SUP surfing lately. Dogman, Jackson Close and Keahi de Aboitiz are loving it, but without a doubt Dogman is the king when it comes to ridiculous finless SUP surfing!
” Its like re-discovering your board in a whole new light and falling in love with it all over again. My finless freakout fun factor has gone through the roof. “ / Roger ‘Dogman’ Sunders
This is a good question and a great video to show the differences… Longboard SUP or Short SUP? – What’s the best in your eyes?! Which one has more style and which one would you rather be riding? Or after watching Dogman and Jackson riding who do you wish you were riding more like?
Dan O’Sullivan from SUP surf sessions filmed and edited the video and this what he said: Jackson Close & Roger “Dogman” Saunders do battle in a mash-up of boards to find out who has the best style. Jackson rides his 10′ longboard SUP, Dogman rides a 7-10. You be the judge as these two go head to head, wave for wave.
Keahi de Aboitiz heads south from this home break of Noosa Heads in Australia to a secret spot with only dolphins there as locals. Good to see Keahi mixing it up with finless riding too. Obviously surfing with ‘Dogman’ and his finless antics has rubbed off on Keahi over the years!
Learning to SUP surf and mastering manoeuvres takes time on the water. The saying ‘practice makes perfect’ is definitely true! But you can also learn a lot from watching others. Sometimes it’s just having the right person or ability of paddler to demonstrate a technique and to give you afew key tips that can make all the difference.
This recent video released from Dan O’ Sullivan (SUP surfing sessions) shows talented rider Kayla Dahl catching some great rides. With her calm smooth riding style her surfing looks so effortless. And there is one key thing Kayla is really good at demonstrating… the importance of getting low. This is so important if you want to take your surfing to the next level.
To this… get low
Kayla is very good at getting low after her cut backs or top turns. Watch how after she completes almost every turn she bends her knees and gets low at the very end of the manoeuvre. Doing this lowers her centre of gravity and keeps her body weight over the board. This means she is less likely to be forced off the board at the end of the move and it is easy for her to complete the turn and go back down the wave.
This is something that all the best surfers in the world do but sometimes it’s harder to see because they may do it in one fluid movement. You can clearly see Kayla crouching at the end of the turn, which is very effective.
If you haven’t come across SUP surfer Roger Saunders aka… Dogman surfing, then this will give you a pretty good idea of what to expect… smooth lines and flowing turns on normal sized boards. No super small matchstick boards for Dogman. He’s always worth a watch and when he teams up with film maker Dan O’Sullivan from SUP Surf Sessions you can guarantee there’s always going to be a funny side to the video!
”You gotta love a fine autumn morning. The light, crisp, chill of the offshore air on your skin. The sun peering over the horizon, dazzling your eyes with a promise of the warmth to come, your ears filled with the distinctive sounds of Sparrow farts bouncing off the hills. Ah… the serenity!” Dan O’Sullivan SUP Surf Sessions
Dogman and Jackson Close head out to SUP Lizard Island off Australia’s east coast. These couple of monkeys soon found their inner zen and ripped the waves apart on their longboards. Great riding from the pair of them. Smooth boyz, smooth!
We can’t get enough of Dogman and his solid, smooth surfing style! We’re used to seeing him riding longer, bigger boards so it’s good to see him rip up a few faces with his new 7’10” custom model from Deep Paddleboards.
The SUPboarder crew would love to put the Dogman 7’10” to the test.
There’s rarely a quiet day at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast, Australia. But if you can make it through the crowds, even on a small day you can pick up some good ones. Riding your board fin first takes practice and is not really recommended in a busy line up… unless you’re the super skilled Dogman!